MotoGP Mugello: Starting Grids

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa will start the 2010 Gran Premio d’Italia TIM from pole position, his second of the season, after a superb late lap deposed current championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo, from the top of the timesheet.

"It’s great to take pole here," declared Pedrosa. "We’ve been working very hard through free practice and in qualifying this afternoon to improve things from yesterday. We’ve achieved this, so I’m satisfied. Lorenzo will be the man to beat tomorrow, but we are confident that we are in better shape than for the last race in Le Mans. I think it will be a fun race tomorrow."

Lorenzo had taken provisional pole position with ten minutes of the session remaining, becoming the first rider of the weekend to get under the 1’49" barrier by four-thousandths of a second, but Pedrosa’s effort means Lorenzo will go for his third straight win of the campaign from second position on the grid tomorrow.

"I am very happy about how my bike is feeling at Mugello," said Lorenzo. "I have a good race pace, the Bridgestone tyres feel good and I think I can make a fight tomorrow."

Joining the Spanish duo on the front row will be Casey Stoner, who overcame problems with his Ducati Desmosedici that have plagued him all weekend to jump up from ninth to third in the final moments of this afternoon’s qualifying session, knocking his team-mate, Nicky Hayden, back to the second row of the grid.

"I’d love to say we’re ready for the race tomorrow, but the reality is we’re far from it," explained Stoner. "It was a bit if a banzai lap in qualifying to be honest; we still need to find around six tenths if we are to be competitive with Jorge and Dani tomorrow. But, if we can find something in warm-up, then we could be in a good position."

Hayden will start alongside Colin Edwards and Randy de Puniet, who both enjoyed a positive qualifying session at a sun-drenched Mugello this afternoon.

Ben Spies will start his first MotoGP race at Mugello from seventh place, after an impressive weekend learning yet another new circuit, and Andrea Dovizioso will also be on the third row for his home race. Aleix Espargaró continued to improve on his satellite Pramac Ducati to claim ninth place, his best qualifying position to date, while another rookie, Hiroshi Aoyama, rounded out the top ten.

A notable absence from the session was Valentino Rossi. The reigning World Champion was taken to hospital earlier in the day after a crash in the morning practice, and will have an operation this evening on a fractured right tibia.

"I didn’t see Rossi’s crash, but what I’ve heard about the injury doesn’t sound good," said Pedrosa. "I just hope the operation goes well for him, because the first operation is always the most important."

MotoGP Start Positions

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani
PEDROSA
SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 329.3 1’48.819  
2 99 Jorge
LORENZO
SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 324.8 1’48.996 0.177 / 0.177
3 27 Casey
STONER
AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 339.3 1’49.432 0.613 / 0.436
4 69 Nicky
HAYDEN
USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 336.4 1’49.546 0.727 / 0.114
5 5 Colin
EDWARDS
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 323.9 1’49.683 0.864 / 0.137
6 14 Randy DE
PUNIET
FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 323.9 1’49.737 0.918 / 0.054
7 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha 320.4 1’49.861 1.042 /
0.124
8 4 Andrea
DOVIZIOSO
ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 327.3 1’50.065 1.246 / 0.204
9 41 Aleix
ESPARGARO
SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 335.2 1’50.168 1.349 / 0.103
10 7 Hiroshi
AOYAMA
JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 330.4 1’50.224 1.405 / 0.056
11 58 Marco
SIMONCELLI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 327.1 1’50.434 1.615 / 0.210
12 65 Loris
CAPIROSSI
ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 322.8 1’50.479 1.660 / 0.045
13 40 Hector
BARBERA
SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 341.2 1’50.561 1.742 / 0.082
14 33 Marco
MELANDRI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 328.9 1’50.664 1.845 / 0.103
15 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac
Racing Team
Ducati 338.5 1’50.970 2.151 /
0.306
16 19 Alvaro
BAUTISTA
SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 324.7 1’53.243 4.424 / 2.273
  46 Valentino
ROSSI
ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha

Moto2

Andrea Iannone gave the home crowd something to cheer about at Mugello today, by taking pole position for the Moto2 race at the Italian circuit after a hectic qualifying session. Iannone’s lap of 1’55.598 secured him the fourth pole of his career – his first in the new intermediate category – by a margin of 0.260s.

Joining him on the front row will be current championship leader Toni Elías who put in a hot final lap of the session to rise to second, having been much further down the timesheet for most of practice and qualifying. Alex de Angelis and Jules Cluzel were separated by just five-hundredths of a second in third and fourth, as they completed the front row.

Shoya Tomizawa, who is lying second in the overall standings and 18 points off Elías going into tomorrow’s race, will lead the second row after setting the fifth best time, with Sergio Gadea, Gabor Talmacsi and Axel Pons also inside the top eight. Talmacsi had a fall towards the end of the session, which severely damaged his bike, but left the former 125cc World Champion uninjured

Thomas Lüthi and Julián Simón also set top-ten times, with the latter sliding out at the very end of the session but returning to his bike immediately.

Moto2 Start Positions

Mugello, Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 29 Andrea
IANNONE
ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 281.7 1’55.598  
2 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki 284.7 1’55.858 0.260 /
0.260
3 15 Alex DE
ANGELIS
RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 273.6 1’56.222 0.624 / 0.364
4 16 Jules
CLUZEL
FRA Forward Racing Suter 270.3 1’56.272 0.674 / 0.050
5 48 Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 270.4 1’56.284 0.686 / 0.012
6 40 Sergio
GADEA
SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 277.2 1’56.296 0.698 / 0.012
7 2 Gabor
TALMACSI
HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 278.7 1’56.305 0.707 / 0.009
8 80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex 279.5 1’56.331 0.733 /
0.026
9 12 Thomas
LUTHI
SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 279.6 1’56.339 0.741 / 0.008
10 60 Julian
SIMON
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 270.9 1’56.343 0.745 / 0.004
11 25 Alex
BALDOLINI
ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 273.6 1’56.388 0.790 / 0.045
12 55 Hector
FAUBEL
SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 275.4 1’56.443 0.845 / 0.055
13 19 Xavier
SIMEON
BEL Holiday Gym Racing Moriwaki 275.8 1’56.466 0.868 / 0.023
14 35 Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 278.4 1’56.543 0.945 / 0.077
15 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR 269.6 1’56.647 1.049 /
0.104
16 44 Roberto
ROLFO
ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 272.9 1’56.649 1.051 / 0.002
17 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki 280.4 1’56.652 1.054 /
0.003
18 41 Arne TODE GER Racing
Team Germany
Suter 278.6 1’56.665 1.067 /
0.013
19 72 Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 273.6 1’56.716 1.118 / 0.051
20 17 Karel
ABRAHAM
CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 281.0 1’56.718 1.120 / 0.002
21 63 Mike DI
MEGLIO
FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 274.2 1’56.746 1.148 / 0.028
22 71 Claudio
CORTI
ITA Forward Racing Suter 275.4 1’56.799 1.201 / 0.053
23 65 Stefan
BRADL
GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 275.7 1’56.851 1.253 / 0.052
24 14 Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 270.9 1’56.888 1.290 / 0.037
25 75 Mattia
PASINI
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 279.4 1’56.897 1.299 / 0.009
26 3 Simone
CORSI
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 275.2 1’56.898 1.300 / 0.001
27 68 Yonny
HERNANDEZ
COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 273.3 1’56.911 1.313 / 0.013
28 45 Scott
REDDING
GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 284.9 1’57.049 1.451 / 0.138
29 77 Dominique
AEGERTER
SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 273.4 1’57.380 1.782 / 0.331
30 61 Vladimir
IVANOV
UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 284.6 1’57.392 1.794 / 0.012
31 59 Niccolo
CANEPA
ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 272.7 1’57.400 1.802 / 0.008
32 39 Robertino
PIETRI
VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 276.9 1’57.455 1.857 / 0.055
33 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 272.7 1’57.467 1.869 / 0.012
34 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 274.3 1’57.589 1.991 / 0.122
35 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday
Gym G22
Moriwaki 272.1 1’57.690 2.092 /
0.101
36 76 Bernat
MARTINEZ
SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 265.7 1’57.733 2.135 / 0.043
37 53 Valentin
DEBISE
FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 274.7 1’57.940 2.342 / 0.207
38 21 Vladimir
LEONOV
RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 269.7 1’58.247 2.649 / 0.307
39 8 Anthony
WEST
AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 265.5 1’58.430 2.832 / 0.183
40 88 Yannick
GUERRA
SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 267.3 1’58.467 2.869 / 0.037
41 96 Anthony
DELHALLE
FRA Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 271.9 1’58.701 3.103 / 0.234

125cc GP

Sandro Cortese will start tomorrow’s 125cc race from pole position, after stealing the number one slot on the grid from Pol Espargaró right at the end of this afternoon’s qualifying session. Espargaró was unable to respond, having crashed without injury with just ten minutes of the session left to run.

Bancaja Aspar team-mates Bradley Smith and current World Championship leader Nico Terol complete the front row, as both came within three-tenths of the top time.

Randy Krummenacher, Marc Márquez, Esteve Rabat and Efrén Vázquez will all be present on the second row after good qualification performances, although Vázquez experienced a fall at the very end of the session.

Johann Zarco and Tomoyoshi Koyama were inside the top ten, with British rider Danny Webb 13th. There were crashes for Adrián Martín and Luigi Morciano.

125cc GP Start Positions

Mugello, Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 11 Sandro
CORTESE
GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 233.0 1’58.315  
2 44 Pol
ESPARGARO
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 234.2 1’58.336 0.021 / 0.021
3 38 Bradley
SMITH
GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 234.0 1’58.572 0.257 / 0.236
4 40 Nicolas
TEROL
SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 237.6 1’58.586 0.271 / 0.014
5 35 Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 232.3 1’58.682 0.367 / 0.096
6 93 Marc
MARQUEZ
SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 234.9 1’58.705 0.390 / 0.023
7 12 Esteve
RABAT
SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 238.0 1’59.177 0.862 / 0.472
8 7 Efren
VAZQUEZ
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 232.2 1’59.341 1.026 / 0.164
9 14 Johann
ZARCO
FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 236.1 1’59.617 1.302 / 0.276
10 71 Tomoyoshi
KOYAMA
JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 241.1 1’59.692 1.377 / 0.075
11 53 Jasper
IWEMA
NED CBC Corse Aprilia 233.8 1’59.809 1.494 / 0.117
12 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia 238.0 2’00.052 1.737 /
0.243
13 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia 240.2 2’00.131 1.816 /
0.079
14 23 Alberto
MONCAYO
SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 236.4 2’00.559 2.244 / 0.428
15 95 Alessandro
TONUCCI
ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 219.8 2’00.774 2.459 / 0.215
16 92 Luigi
MORCIANO
ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 234.3 2’00.890 2.575 / 0.116
17 5 Alexis
MASBOU
FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 227.4 2’01.300 2.985 / 0.410
18 78 Marcel
SCHROTTER
GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 236.7 2’01.312 2.997 / 0.012
19 50 Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 229.8 2’01.351 3.036 / 0.039
20 15 Simone
GROTZKYJ
ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 229.6 2’01.589 3.274 / 0.238
21 84 Jakub
KORNFEIL
CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 228.3 2’01.683 3.368 / 0.094
22 51 Riccardo
MORETTI
ITA Junior GP FMI Aprilia 224.0 2’01.797 3.482 / 0.114
23 94 Jonas
FOLGER
GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 223.8 2’01.868 3.553 / 0.071
24 96 Tommaso
GABRIELLI
ITA Racing Team Gabrielli Aprilia 226.9 2’01.898 3.583 / 0.030
25 32 Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 219.9 2’02.243 3.928 / 0.345
26 98 Mattia
TAROZZI
ITA Faenza Racing Aprilia 233.0 2’02.417 4.102 / 0.174
27 63 Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 225.9 2’02.586 4.271 / 0.169
28 97 Armando
PONTONE
ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 215.7 2’02.763 4.448 / 0.177
29 60 Michael
VAN DER MARK
NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 220.9 2’03.114 4.799 / 0.351
30 87 Luca
MARCONI
ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 234.3 2’03.245 4.930 / 0.131
31 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC
Corse
Aprilia 224.9 2’03.864 5.549 /
0.619
32 72 Marco
RAVAIOLI
ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 211.3 2’06.126 7.811 / 2.262
  26 Adrian
MARTIN
SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 193.3 2’21.695 23.380 / 15.56